International models to colour Port Harcourt Fashion Week

Posted: July 10, 2013 in arts/culture

nigeriaNo fewer than 90 foreign and local models are expected at the Port Harcourt International Fashion Week slated for between September 20 and 23.

Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, who disclosed this during a pre-event briefing in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said the programme would be tagged; ‘Native and Vogue’.

Semenitari explained that one of the programmes to be showcased in the three-day event was a fashion competition where the winner would go home with the sum of N500, 000, as well as six month training in South Africa.

She said former Miss World and Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Miss Agbani Darego, who has been named the Ambassador of the Port Harcourt International Fashion Week, will also be at the occasion.

The Commissioner said, aside being a role model to the fashion world, Darego was assigned the role in view of her immense contribution to the growth of fashion in the country and the world at large.

Semenitari explained that the fashion show would be organised by the state government in conjunction with Neo Mantra, Bunor Creazioni and Vanguard Allure.

The commissioner further said that renowned fashion designers, including Frank Osodi, would grace the event aimed at showcasing the state (Rivers) as the fashion destination of the country and to restore the ‘garden city status’, of Port Harcourt

According to her, “Port Harcourt is a destination of choice as far as entertainment, fashion and hospitality are concerned. Fashion is an industry that encourages you to express yourself and it has the potential of providing revenue for the state.

“It is on this note that the Rivers State Government is supporting the Port Harcourt International Fashion Week. We want to showcase fashion as the pride of the people. It is a fantastic way of tapping into the opportunities available in Rivers State in the area of fashion.”

In his remark, renowned fashion designer, Frank Osodi, explained that many fashion experts would be coming from every part of the world and expressed gratitude to the state government for her interest in the programme.

Osodi described the programme as an effort towards creating opportunities for young designers and other talents, saying, “This is an opportunity for them to be discovered. The International Fashion Week is going to be done annually.

“We all have a role to play to make Nigeria a great place. Thirty models from Rivers State will also be part of the show. It is an opportunity for us to give them international exposure.”

Courtesy: Dennis Naku

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